Covid-19 restrictions announced for swathe of north-east England

Health secretary announces measures for nearly 2 million residents in seven council areas

Nearly 2 million people in north-east England will be banned from mixing with other families under the strictest measures imposed since the country eased out of nationwide lockdown.

The restrictions, which will come into force at midnight on Thursday, will prohibit residents in seven council areas from meeting others outside their support bubbles and include a 10pm curfew on nightlife.

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